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Eldar Murtazin’s Official Statement on Nokia Situation

Is he telling the truth?

Eldar Murtazin Nokia’s favorite person on this planet right now is as you might now in trouble with Nokia about the supposed Nokia N8 prototype, which according to Nokia is in Eldar’s possession of course he strongly denide the claim from Nokia and after getting plenty of attention form the Tech media and bad media for Nokia he has come out today with an official statement regarding the matter which you can read here

Some key points in his post

  • Nokia are feeding false information through their official blog and interviews
  • Received the N8 from a “Source” (which he won’t name which is fair enough)
  • The “source” is not a Nokia employee, doesn’t even work in the mobile phone industry
  • He had “access” to the device, never actually had the device in his possesion
  • At best was only allowed to play with the N8 a couple of hours at a time
  • “Sources” provided pictures and received no compensation for that
  • With the limited access he had he was able to draw some conclusions (really?!?!?!?!)
  • He can’t return the device because he hasn’t got it simples 😀
  • Apparently it is his duty as  Journalist to provide information that matters to the public (which I don’t have a problem with, but not on stuff which is half finished which is my problem)
  • He is not a Samsung consultant (I think he is to be honest considering the amount of love he shows towards BADA)
  • Nokia are apparently scared that Eldar would pass secret information to competitors
  • But he says it makes no sense as the N8 is shipped to developers and engineers around the world so why not go them (alright, good point)
  • He is a JOURNALIST
  • Belongs to some Journalist organisation that frankly I do not care about and shows of his ID to prove he is a Journalist
  • Nokia’s beef started with Eldar with the original 5800 way back when
  • Apparently Nokia didn’t replace faulty 5800 a la Apple and iPhone 4 after the earpieces where faulty Mobile-review (Eldar’s site) spent good money testing several units and Nokia still ignored them
  • Whole issue became even worse when Eldar got a prototype of the infamous Nokia N97 and their not so working widgets
  • Eldar was told that it was early software and was promised it would be fixed and he wrote an overly generous review of the N97
  • Calling the Russian Authorities on Eldar is ‘revenge’ on Nokia’s part

OOOOKKKAAAY seems like there’s a lot of background stuff between Nokia and Eldar and some things we will never know. It seems Nokia are trying to cover a lot of things here, now I am not trying to believe Eldar here but he makes some very interesting claims in his post and you know my respect for Eldar has grown a bit I have got to admit, most of the claims in his post seem legit to me and an N8 prototype could have surfaced from anywhere how about a factory in China?

One thing I don’t agree with Eldar is his review or early impression or whatever he wants to call it on the N8. I mean the N8 was very early prototype and a very early build of the software and the final software on the device will be nothing like his thoughts on Symbian 3 and the N8 when the retail version hits the shops.

So as a Journalist who serves the general public shouldn’t he telling the truth rather than making irrelevant comments on unfinished products ?

Anyway let us know in the comments on what you think, have you forgiving Eldar?

  1. July 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I hope more people notice and highlight the fact that his ‘review’ was based on only using the device for ‘a couple of hours at a time’. That’s not a review, I don’t care how you cut it – a proper review (or any that I care to read) require that the reviewer *use* the device for at least a few days, if not a week or two – anything else is more of an ‘impressions’ post.

    IMO, this statement really hurts Mobile-Review’s credibility – why would I read any more of their reviews knowing that they publish this crap after spending such little time with the device?

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      Completely agree with you there unfortunately the damage is already done and the tech media have taken Eldar’s comments and basically believed him without looking at any of the facts, probably one of the reasons Nokia went after him, a “review” on a half finished device is unfair and I am sure that Nokia wouldn’t mind if the device was actually finished before making comments

    • Roger Johnson
      July 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      The thing is, not even the *hardware* was finished. The camera unit was completely different spec for starters. Who knows what else was different? You could barely call what Eldar reviewed an ‘N8’ compared to what the finished product will be.

  2. mja
    July 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    So, Mr Murtazin reviewed an N97 proto, praised it and turned out to be wrong.

    Then he bashes the N8 6 months before release, (based apparently on 2-3 h of hands-on as he now claims) and knowing well it would be covered all over the biggest tech blogs.

    Now if our awesome blo..reporter is wrong again (about the N8), will he change his ways to not (so subjectively) reviewing early protos from Nokia? Nope. What a clown.

  3. the_ultimate111
    July 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I think, some things should be cleared. For a foreigner, it is quite hard to judge on the situation, but I am russian, and I have been reading Murtazins site for 5 years. I have a much wider judgement on this issue, being able to read both the articles on the official Mobile-Review and his blog. Also there are lots of alternative opinions.
    There is one more thing, that makes my judgment more relevant. I am a layer in Russia, so I can provide some info about the legal situation.
    Let’s get to the facts:
    1) Murtazin tells us that Nokia is spreading false info. Currently he is appealing to the fact, that Nokia calls him a blogger. Actually according to russian law it is correct, because mobile-review.com is not registered as a source of mass information. According to russian laws, only a person working for a source of mass information can appeal to a journalist’s status. Without being employed in a source of mass information, being a member of a journalists society he is still just a blogger. His site in legal terms is just a personal web page. This means that he cannot legally protect his sources.
    2) Nokia has requested to start a criminal investigation against Murtazin. This means, that summarizing the definition of the criminal act is a job for legal authorities. Nokia has just put a request on that. He is being accused of violating the Criminal Code of Russia, specifically in breaking the law prohibiting collection of private corporate information which is classified as trade secrets.
    3) His contacts with his informant on learning info about N8 is illegal, because he was well informed about the status of the info classified as trade secret. Reproduction of this info to the audience is illegal, as it was well known to Murtazin, that it consisted a trade secret. Murtazin received prototypes of Nokia legally before, so he was well informed, that any info about them is a trade secret.
    4) His conclussions were actually misleading even analyzing the prototype. He made such things before – a while ago he was bashing Sony Ericsson X10 in his blog, but it wasn’t reproduced massively and wide audience didn’t see that. Actual work of the final product was quite fine.
    5) The problem that he is not a journalist according to russian law, as I commented, so there is no actual connection between him and journalists ethics.
    6) It is hard to jusdge, if he is a Samsung consultant, but the massive amount of ads for them, shows that he is valuable partner for them.
    7) As Nokia N8 is being given to some people through legal procedures, and with abiding Non disclosure agreements according to russian law it is illegal for a person to give away trade secrets, if a person was informed or was able to understand, that the info is a trade secret. Murtazin told us many times, that he is perfectly informed about security measures about prototypes.
    8) Murtazin lies about relations with Nokia corp. His relations got worse, when he didn’t receive a contract with Nokia to support LiveJournal society of Nokia in russian web. Since then he completely changed his policy about Nokia, bashing it hard. Almost the same happened with SE before – same bashing of products all the way, but with less world spreading.
    9) Nokia didn’t put revenge on Murtazin – he just violated russian laws on trade secrets in Nokia’s opinion, so they are rightful to protect their trade secrets legally. Murtazin would probably be sentenced to a fine, which is not such a hard punishment. But as it a violation of Criminal Code he would become a criminal, which would give him a bad reputation
    10) He is spreading an info which can easily be considered as a effort to mislead the investigation.
    11) Some bloggers in russia, being outraged by Murtzin’s constant lies are gathering valuable inf on this story

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      WOW!!! thanks for the insight and some clarifications seems like Eldar is a liar and is bitter with Nokia thanks again for the info !!! 🙂

    • JFH
      July 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      Great insight.

  4. JFH
    July 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Eldar is a liar and he knows it. I dont blame him for criticizing Nokia. He is most obviously working with a hidden agenda here. He has repeatedly said he did have the device, then he also brags how he is using the N8 qwerty on his vacation, and then he goes on to claim he doesnt have them. Full of shit accurately describes that.

  5. Jim
    July 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    ok so if it was allowed to play with N8 a couple of hours, why did he said in his second review http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-n8-secondlook-en.shtml
    that “I have accidentally dropped the phone several times and in different places, bathroom included, but there hasn’t been any serious damage, just some minor dents. ”

    and then he says about the battery:

    * Video playback – up to 7 hours (I managed 5.6 hours);
    * Music playback – up to 50 hours (standard headphones, repeated tracks – 47 hours);
    * Data transfer (Web TV) – up to 3 hours and 20 minutes (2 hours and 15 minutes, which may depend on the network quality);
    * Video recording time – 3 hours and 20 minutes (2 hours and 10 minutes with maximum settings and manual screen brightness);
    * Video playback through HDMI – up to 6 hours (around 5.5 hours for preinstalled test files in the closed cycle and up to 4.5 hours for usual movies);

    it looks to me like a couple of more than a few hours.

    The situation is in 2 ways:
    1. he is telling the truth and had the phone for a few days
    2. he admit that he lied and never had the phone, and invented all the things

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      Due to Russian Laws he has obviously broken the Law there and he is using the fact that he is a Journalist as an excuse if you read the comments from the_ultimate111 who is a Lawyer something fishy is obviously going on

    • Ludwig van
      July 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

      Murtazin also says in the same second N8 “review”:

      “It is more of my personal impressions of using the Nokia N8 for a long time.”

      “..using the Nokia N8 For a long time.” How is that possible, if you only had that phone for a few hours? Strange indeed.

      Personally I think he is lying. And he most definitely is no journalist with that kind of conduct and lack of ethics. You just don’t do what he did to N8 in his “(p)review” back in April. It was an early, under development prototype and he still went after it (and Nokia) like a rabid dog. It was all negativity in that article. Very spiteful. Very unprofessional.

  6. fakedar
    July 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

    This guy has lost all credibility. Hopefully the law enforcement system does its job (a lot to ask for, I know)

  7. N#O#R#U#L#E#S
    July 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm


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